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This resource is hosted by the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, but was compiled and authored by Padraig O’Malley. It is the product of almost two decades of research and includes analyses, chronologies, historical documents, and interviews from the apartheid and post-apartheid eras.

NEC: There is no conspiracy

STATEMENT OF THE NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ON THE CURRENT CHALLENGES FACING OUR MOVEMENT AND COUNTRY

21 November 2005

The National Executive Committee of the ANC at its meeting of 18-20 November 2005, received an important joint report from President Thabo Mbeki and Deputy President Jacob Zuma on current challenges facing the movement. It focused on matters arising from the current criminal prosecution of our Deputy President, Jacob Zuma, relating to alleged corruption and other matters.

The NEC welcomed the submission and effort of the President and Deputy President, which fulfilled their organisational constitutional mandate, that had been formally requested by the National Working Committee (NWC) and the NEC, to lead the process towards the necessary substantive NEC discussion of these challenges. Their presentation to the NEC laid the basis for such a discussion. It helped to define the roadmap according to which leaders and members of the ANC and its Alliance partners should constructively handle the current situation, bearing in mind its longer term implications.

Guided by this input, the NEC conducted a comprehensive and frank discussion. This vigorous discussion reaffirmed and further strengthened the traditions of our movement, of open, democratic and comradely engagement within our structures, criticism and self-criticism, and focus on the improvement of the efficacy of our movement as a servant of the people. The discussion took place over three days, with the participation of virtually all members of the NEC.

The meeting did not canvass issues that relate directly to the oncoming trial of the Deputy President, proceeding from the principled position that these matters are sub judice, and that the NEC is not a court of law and therefore does not have the authority to adjudicate these matters. The NEC reaffirmed the principled position of the ANC never to interfere with the due process of law.

The NEC welcomed the input of the President and Deputy President, which has helped to clarify the principled approach of the ANC in dealing with current developments. We expect leaders and members of the ANC to behave in a manner consistent with these principles, as reflected in this Statement and the document adopted at the 9 September 2005 meeting of the NEC.

The NEC received reports on the ANC Regional General Councils held to brief members after the NEC meeting of 9 September. During these interactions, the members of the movement expressed their agreement with the principles that should guide the ANC in dealing with our current challenges, as outlined in the 9 September statement. Even more critically, members of the movement expect decisive leadership from the NEC. The resolutions outlined hereunder seek to provide further guidelines on how members should conduct themselves. The NEC will remain seized of this matter.

In dealing with this matter, the NEC is informed by the imperative to unite the organisation, Alliance, the democratic movement and the nation as a whole in pursuit of the fundamental objective to create a united, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous society. In the current period, the immediate task is to implement programmes to speed up growth and development, ensure the creation of more work opportunities, reduce poverty and generally improve people's quality of life. This requires a strong ANC.

Unity of the ANC and democratic movement

Responsibility of leadership

Ø     Be more active in explaining the ANC's approach to the current situation to both the membership and society at large.

Ø     Re-assert discipline within our ranks to ensure compliance with its decisions and respect for the culture and traditions of the movement.

Ø     Expose and fight factionalism in our structures, and encourage members to report to the Secretary General's Office any rumour-mongering that seeks to undermine the unity and cohesion of the movement, so that this poison be addressed honestly and openlithin the structures of the ANC.

Ø     Intensify organisational and mass work by members of the NEC.

Preserving the values, principles and practices of the ANC

Ø     Strengthen branches and encourage comprehensive reflection on strategic political issues as part of branch programmes.

Ø     Strengthen political education institutions and ensure they are well-resourced to carry out their functions.

Ø     Conduct an assessment of the extent to which pursuit of material resources impacts on content of interaction in branches and other structures and on the functioning of organisation.

Ø     Undertake a more comprehensive clarification on the management of the ANC' s processes with respect to the election of national leadership.

Ø     Call on all members, in line with the organisation's approach to this matter, to desist from any campaigning in relation to the election of the national leadership, consistent with its March 2005 decision.

Conduct of institutions of the democratic state

Supporting and defending the leadership of the ANC

The ANC will speak for itself

The ANC lives! The ANC leads!

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